Trivia Night celebrates Tolkien, ‘Hobbit’ release

It’s the entertainment event of the season: the release Friday of “The Hobbit,” the long-awaited film based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic.

To celebrate the new movie, Tolkien fans 10-17 years old are invited to test their Hobbit IQ at the library’s J.R.R. Tolkien Trivia Night, on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Latter Branch Library.

Prizes include “Lord of the Rings” DVDs, free passes to see “The Hobbit,” a Lego board game based on the book and more.

Patrons can also pick up a free copy of “The Hobbit” at Latter while supplies last.

The branch is located at 5120 St. Charles Ave. Call them at (504) 596-2625.

Those crafty librarians

The Martin Luther King branch offers do-it-yourself crafts every day this week. The branch is at 1611 Caffin Ave. in the Lower 9th Ward. Call ahead at (504) 596-2695.

Holiday closures

All New Orleans library branches will close at 5 p.m. Thursday. Libraries will close for the holidays on Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1.

ALGIERS REGIONAL

3014 Holiday Drive, (504) 596-2641

STORYTIME: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

VISIT WITH SANTA: Thursday, 10:30 a.m.

YOUNG ADULT CRAFT (AGES 12-17): First Thursday, 4 p.m. Thursday: T-shirt silk-screening.

COMPUTER EDUCATION SESSION: daily at 11 a.m. No appointment necessary.

GUYS READ BOOK CLUB: Ages, 9-13; last Saturday of the month, 2 p.m.

YOUNG ADULT HOMEWORK CLUB: ages 12-18, Wednesday, 3 p.m.

ALVAR BRANCH

913 Alvar St., (504) 596-2667

STORYTIME: Monday, 10 a.m. and Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

BASIC COMPUTER TUTORING: By appointment

CHESS WITH BERNARD PARUN: Fourth Thursday, 5 p.m.

STITCH ‘N’ BOOK KNITTING CIRCLE: second and fourth Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Central City Branch

2405 Jackson Ave., Building C, Room 235, (504) 596-3110

STORYTIME: Tuesday, 10 a.m.

URBAN FICTION BOOK CLUB: Second Wednesday, 5 p.m.

MOVIE FOR PRESCHOOLERS: Monday, 10 a.m.

Children’s Resource Center

913 Napoleon Ave., (504) 596-2628

STORYTIME: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

STORY WITH CRAFT (AGES 4-8): Second and fourth Monday, 4:30 p.m.

KIDS MOVIE MATINEE: Fourth Saturday, 1 p.m.

LEGO CLUB (AGES 6-12): Second Saturday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

East New Orleans Regional

5641 Read Blvd., (504) 596-0200

STORYTIME: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.

BOOK CLUB: first Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

HUBBELL BRANCH

225 Morgan St., (504) 366-0657

STORYTIME FOR TODDLERS: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

PAJAMA STORYTIME: Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

COMPUTER TUTORING: By appointment

Keller Library and Community Center

4300 S. Broad St., (504) 596-2660

STORYTIME FOR TODDLERS AND BABIES: Monday, 10:30 a.m.

COMPUTER TUTORING: Saturday, 10 a.m., by appointment

READING TO ROVER: Second Thursday, 6 p.m.

CITIZENSHIP CLASS: Sunday, 2 p.m.

HOMEWORK HELP: Today and Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.

ESL TUTORING: Thursday and Monday, 5 p.m.

SPANISH CONVERSATION: Thursday and Monday. 6 p.m.

COOKING WITH CRESCENT CITY FARMER’S MARKET: Wednesday, 5 p.m.

CHESS CLUB: Today, 6:30 p.m.

KING BRANCH

1611 Caffin Ave., (504) 596-2695

STORYTIME: Wednesday, 10 a.m.

AFTER-SCHOOL MOVIE: Thursday, 3 p.m.

POETRY WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS: Second Friday, 3 p.m.

LATTER BRANCH

5120 St. Charles Ave., (504) 596-2625

STORYTIME: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday, 6 p.m.

FAMILY MOVIE: Second and third Sunday, 2 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS HAIKU SOCIETY: Third Monday, 6 p.m.

SEW HIP NOLA: Second Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

POETRY BUFFET: First Saturday, 2 p.m.

Mid-City Branch

3700 Orleans Ave., (504) 596-2654

STORYTIME WITH CRAFT: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.

CRAFTS FOR AGES 4-10: First Saturday, 2 p.m.

HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE: Wednesday, 4-6 p.m.

NIX BRANCH

1401 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 596-2630

STORYTIME: Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

NORMAN MAYER BRANCH

3001 Gentilly Blvd., (504) 596-3100

STORYTIME: Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

ROMANCE BOOK CLUB: Second Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB: Third Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

WRITING WORKSHOPS LED BY YOUTHS (AGES 12-17): Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.

SEWING (AGES 13-17): First Saturday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

SMITH BRANCH

6301 Canal Blvd., (504) 596-2638

STORYTIME: Saturday, 11 a.m.

PRESCHOOLERS’ STORYTIME: Thursday,11 a.m.

Main Library

219 Loyola Ave., (504) 596-2565

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME AND CRAFT, (AGES 5 AND UP): Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

BABY JAM: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

TEEN VIDEO GAME DAY: First Saturday, 2 p.m.

xBox and Playstation games in the Auditorium (use ours or bring your own)

TEEN MOVIE: Second Saturday, 2 p.m.

ANIME CLUB: Third Saturday, 2 p.m.

JEFFERSON PARISH LIBRARIES

The Jefferson Parish libraries will have a break in programming from Dec. 16 to Jan. 5. Libraries will close Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1.

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES: Call (504) 838-1144.

EAST BANK REGIONAL

4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-1190

HARAHAN BRANCH

219 Soniat Ave., Harahan, (504) 736-8745

LAKESHORE BRANCH

1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-4375

NORTH KENNER BRANCH

630 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 736-8730

The North Kenner branch is closed Thursday for air conditioning repairs.

OLD METAIRIE BRANCH

2350 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 838-4353

ROSEDALE

4036 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, (504) 838-4350